Mindy Kaling Celebrates Her Birthday with Steak, Cake and a Private Ferris Wheel Bar Cart

06/25/2014 at 05:19 PM ET

Mindy Kaling Eiffel Tower Birthday Cake
Courtesy Mindy Kaling

It looks like Mindy Kaling‘s 35th birthday Tuesday was an evening of good eats, good sweets and good company.

The actress/comedian was on a work retreat in Las Vegas for the big day, which turned into a full day of celebration with the writing staff of The Mindy Project. Thanks to Instagram we were able to crash the party — and check out the food, of course.

Kaling may not be one for birthday rituals — “They sang happy birthday fast ’cause I hate singing happy birthday on principle but now I feel like it’s North Korea so maybe I will rethink,” she captioned the photo above — but she definitely has good taste in cakes. This one, a chocolate and vanilla cake filled with strawberries, was topped with a chocolate Eiffel Tower. Délicieux!

The dessert came after a bubbly-filled birthday dinner held at Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paris Hotel and Casino. We’d sure toast to this “steak trolley,” Instagrammed by Mindy Project writer Loulie Lang.

But the celebration started much earlier Tuesday with a picnic breakfast — at the bottom of the Grand Canyon! “The secret morning Vegas trip???? A HELICOPTER RIDE TO THE GRAND CANYON AND BREAKFAST IN THE BOTTOM OF THE GRAND CANYON” Kaling captioned the photo from the helicopter.

We’re sure hoping that’s birthday booze in Kaling’s hand during her night ride on The High Roller, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Odds are good, since the ride was in a private pod with a sky bar cart, according to Paris Hotel staff.

We can’t wait to see what she does for 36 next year. HBD, Mindy!

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Jen on

Love, love, love her!!!

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Looks like a great time! She is funny and I enjoy her show!

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